Like other teen romance novels, The Selection is clean. No sex. I appreciate that. But there is a lot of yummy romance. I enjoyed getting to know the main character - America and found her to be believable and very likable.
Like other dystopian stories, I liked the examination of societal values. In this story there is a caste system which makes it very hard for some, who are born into lower castes, to make something of thier lives. With those who are born into upper castes, life is pretty easy as far as meeting basic needs, and there is a lack of understanding or recognition of the difficulty for the lower castes. It makes a person reflect on our actual North American society today. Although we may not have castes, I wonder if the old "American dream" - the opportunity to better yourself - is getting harder to obtain that in past decades? Do the successful people understand what its like to struggle - are they compassionate to others?
This book also speaks to the idea of freedom and agency. I always love that theme - as it makes me appreciate my own opportunities to choose.
The book is a little bit predictable, but I don't mind that when there are great characters. Although it ends on the edge of a cliff! Dang it! I can't believe I have to wait for the next book to come out - I want to know what America will choose!
I didn't love the narration. It wasn't terrible, but just wasn't awesome like other books. I can't put my finger on why.
I liked this book a lot. It was recommended to me by Audible based on a previous listen: "A Discovery of Witches". I liked "discovery" better, but still really enjoyed this listen.
The book has a similar, creepy feeling. Not scary at all, just a feeling that something could be lurking around the next corner.
I would also compare this book to two others - well one book and a movie. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane could be compared to National Treasure (not sure if its a book) - in some ways. It is similar in that it involves a search for something historical and there are a series of clues to unravel. I really enjoyed the look into history this book offered - albeit it highly fictional. I still felt I learned something about the Salem Witch trials and 'cunning' people of that day.
I think my favorite part was the going back and forth to different women in time, and thus my comparison to a third story: Joy Luck Club. In Joy Luck Club I enjoyed the understanding that steadily grew through the story as we learned more about each woman. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane has that same feel to it - although it does not go as indepth about each woman. What we readers get is glances or flashes back in history that give insight into the current day. The connection to the past gains more momentum and meaning as the book moves on, which is why I think some reviewers say they thought the beginning of the book moved slowly.
When deciding to read this book I read some reviews. One person commented that the current day character was dull in comparison to the people of the past. I can understand that comment, but I wanted to offer a different opinion. I felt the current day character becomes more interesting as she becomes more connected with her past. I like that!
Anyway - good solid book. If you liked "Discovery of Witches", "National Treasure" and "Joy Luck Club" - this is a good book for you!
I just finished this trilogy and enjoyed it enough, obviously, to listen to all three books.
There was a lot I enjoyed, but one major thing that would keep me from recommending it to my friends. The book contains some swearing and mild sexuality. I realize this does not bother some readers, but it is just not my preference in a book. I tend to lean towards teen and YA fiction for this reason. If that's you, be warned that the series pushes this fence.
Having said that, there is much I enjoyed about the series. I really liked the characters, the alternative universe created by the author, and the romance. While the story line is clearly fictional, the feelings of the characters feel real and believable - especially the struggle the main character has in coming to who she loves. Also, as the story unfolds, you begin to see events that have already occurred with a different perspective. I really enjoyed that.
In summary - mixed reaction to the book. I really enjoyed it - except the swearing and sexuality.
This is a very creative dystopian series. I like adventure mixed with romance, as long as the romance is clean. This book provided both of those elements in abundance. I also like a book that makes me think about deeper values. This book also offered that: a fictional look at what would happen to us, if we eliminated some of the more painful parts of the human experience. The imagined world is very creative and I enjoyed seeing it in my mind!A note of caution... I found myself having a difficult time getting into the book. It seemed a little slow at first. Also, it took me quite a while to get used to the narrator's voice. Usually narrators don't bug me much, but this one did for a long time at the beginning. She reads well and has really good inflection to differentiate characters, but the actual tenor/tone of the voice irritated me. However, as the story went along I got used it and at that point, the voice became invisible as I imagined the characters and world the author had created.
A few. First, when the main characters realize what you've know all along that they are attracted to each other and care about each other. This happens gradually and deliciously over several chapters of the book. Second, when one of the characters saves the good guys from the cannibals with his extraordinary ability due to a genetic predisposition. Writing this almost makes it sound like spiderman or something similar. Its not superhero save the world kinda stuff, though, jjust so you aren't mislead!
I didn't love her voice at first. However, as the book wore on I got used to it. She is very good at inflecting characters personalities.
Divergent, Hunger Games, or any other book based on a dystopian society. Just because they are about a dystopian society. Like other similar books, it forces you to think about your values. In The Giver one you think about how your own bad experiences (that you sometimes wish you could forget) actually help to shape you. The silver lining of those experiences is that you learn from them. It reinforced what I've always believed (even if I don't like it in the moment) that difficult experiences make me a better person, and they deepen my gratitude for the good things in life.
I have heard there are to be five books in this series, but after listening to this book, I am thinking Tiger's Destiny is the final one. The conclusion just felt so satisfying which is awesome. Some books don't give you that. I have loved this series so it is great to have it end so well.
I loved that Kelsey finals figures out who to be with - Ren or Kishan and stops driving them both nuts.
As usual for this series, it is full of adventure and romance! And the beginning sure starts out with a bang! The story gripped right from the first few minutes.
Meeting Durga in the past. Put a whole new twist on the entire series - I remembered back to particular scenes and saw them differently.
Love all the accents and characterizations. I don't know how she remembers the exact intonation for each of those many characters, but she does it. I can tell who is talking just from the way she speaks for each one.
Absolutely. Because of the warmth and humor. There were moments that were so funny I laughed out loud. They are funny in a quirky way - because the characters are so distinct and they get into all sorts of predicaments. I think my favorite of these quirky scenes was with one of the older female characters... I could just picture it... an older lady, walking down the side walk with a click-ity-clack of high heels, beehive hairdo, and a unlit cigarette hanging out of her mouth (only there to fulfill a long time habit), pushing an office chair headed toward a picnic in a parking stall with her childhood best friend.The description of this scene transported me right there and made me alugh! The quirkiness of the characters, not just in this scene but others too, was just delightful.
I think what I loved equally as much was the relationships of all the women and how interconnected they were; regardless of age, social standing or race, it was the connections that made this book sparkle. The main description had it right - a good comparison to Steel Magnolias and The Help.
Steel Magnolias and The Help. This is a book that is set mostly in the south - Georgia. I've never been but it makes me want to go. Both Steel Magnolias and The Help are books that highlight the relationships between women.
The characters accents and voices. My imagination isn't that good. She brings life to their voices in a way that I wouldn't have heard in my own head.
Lots that made me laugh.
The scene that moved me was the scene where Oletta doesn't want to share her potato salad and CeeCee figures out how much Oletta really needs her love and friendship.
Really enjoyed the continuation of the story from book 1. The book flips back and forth between past and present and I liked that. A good way of giving context to the events in the current time.
The ending. I won't spoil it but there was a significant surprise. Can't wait for book three to see how that all unfolds.
Yes. I didn't listen to it in all one sitting, but did listen to it fairly quickly.
Really good characters and emotions and ideas - I could easily put myself in their shoes.
I also loved what the book made me think about. Because there are people in the book who are 'cured' from having to love other humans... and the author shows the impact of life without love... I started to think about that. Who we love is so clearly connected to our ability to choose. I reconfirmed my opinion that it is our choices that truly make us individuals. It is our choices that define us.
Its a little like Divergent and Hunger Games. They are all distopian fictions, all viewed through the eyes of a teenager coming of age. And... each of them cause you to think about our current society and your own choices. In this book there was a close examination of love - and the choices we make - and what it would be like if we didn't have those choices to make.
The main character
I liked it all
Just a warning.... I generally read YA fiction to avoid sexuality, swearing and violence. I get that doesn't bother some listeners, but its not my thing. This book definitely had swearing, although not a lot of it. I wish that had been excluded. There was some mild violence, but it did not bother me. And although there was not a sex scene, there was definitely a scene where it came pretty close. That could have been left out, in my opinion. Just some information for those of you deciding whether to spend a credit.
A good solid listen
The imaginative world the author creates. Also, there isn't really a good or a bad guy. As listeners we end up liking both sides of the conflict.
This is obviously a book for younger listeners. As an adult I still enjoyed it. It wasn't my all time favorite, but I liked it enough to continue to purchase more books by the same author.
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